outside hitter Jane Collymore
(Englewood, Colo.) tallied a match-high 15 kills, while senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) added a
match-high 24 digs in leading No. 5 Florida to a 3-0 win against Mississippi
(30-18, 30-15, 30-12) as the Gators clinched outright the program’s 15th
straight Southeastern Conference title on Friday evening before a crowd of
2,469 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
(24-2, 14-1) has previously clinched at least a share of the title after
beating Auburn last weekend, but won it outright with a convincing victory
against Mississippi (7-21, 1-14). The Gators finished with more kills (47-28),
digs (57-31), aces (6-0) and blocks (10.0-1.0), while out-hitting the Rebels
the SEC was one of our goals before the season started,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “It’s a
championship won based on play over two months – that’s why it’s special. You
have to play well over two months to win one of these.”
opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview,
Texas) tallied nine kills on .900 hitting, while sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.)
also had a banner day with seven kills and five total blocks with fellow
sophomore middle blocker Kari
Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finishing with seven kills on .600
hitting. Sophomore setter Angie McGinnis
guided the Gators to their impressive hitting efficiency and registered 35
assists and nine digs.
Florida extended its streak of consecutive matches won against Mississippi to 22, while
the Gators have now won 42 straight games against the Rebels.
finished with an ace in the contest and moved into sole possession of third in Florida history in
career aces with 169. Engel’s dig total gives her 462 for the season – the
third-best single season total in Gator history.
After Mississippi took an early 4-3 lead, Florida responded with several extended runs
before cruising to a 30-18 win. With the Rebels ahead 4-3, the Gators scored
four straight points in opening up a 7-4 lead and Florida never trailed again. Mississippi did come
back to tie the game at 8-8, but the Gators tallied three straight points to
move on top 11-8. The Rebels fought back within one at 12-11, but Florida then scored
eight straight points with Engel holding serve for seven as UF’s advantage
swelled to 20-11. The Gators eventually put the match away on a kill from McCray,
who was a perfect 5-for-5 with five kills on as many swings in the game. Collymore
led all players with seven kills, while Killingsworth totaled five blocks in
the game – a season best by any Gator.
second game was again close in the opening stages before Florida used a 6-1 run to seize control en
route to a 30-15 win. After the Rebels came within two at 10-8, Florida scored four
straight points and six of seven to go ahead 16-9. Mississippi
came within six at 17-11 before Florida
tallied five straight in opening up an 11-point advantage after a service ace
from sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton
(Gainesville, Fla.). The Gators eventually closed out the
match on a kill from freshman middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville,
Fla.). Collymore and Klinkenborg tied for the game lead with four kills
each, while Engel paced all players with nine digs.
Gators dominated the final frame as Florida
raced out to an 11-1 lead and never looked back in a 30-12 win. After Mississippi scored a point to make it 2-1 in favor of the
Gators, UF notched nine consecutive points behind the serve of Hampton in putting the game away early. The
Rebels never came closer than nine points the rest of the way as Florida hit .429 in the game to -.057 for Mississippi. Collymore
had four kills in the game and a pair of solo blocks, while Engel chimed in
with 10 digs.
Florida, which has won or shared every SEC regular season title
since 1991, returns to action for Senior Day as the Gators host their final
regular season match of the season at 1:30 p.m. against Mississippi State
on Sunday at the O’Connell Center. The contest can be seen live via GatorVision
Online in addition to being broadcast on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.